I was inspired to make these Cacao-Tahini Bites by a friend who brought me some no bake cookies when she came over for lunch last week. I’ve never made my own no-bake recipe and I really don’t know why. Well that’s gonna change from here on out because these are DELICIOUS!
My other inspiration for these bites? CYCLE-SYNCING! One of the biggest actions I’ve taken since coming off of hormonal birth control (more here on why I stopped taking hormonal birth control) is cycle-syncing. Cycle-syncing is a way to live life in alignment with your body’s hormonal shifts. Food is a big part ( and my favorite) of cycle-syncing and in line with that, there is a concept called seed-cycling. Seed-cycling is when you eat certain seeds during the phases of your menstrual cycle to help promote hormonal balance. When seed-cycling, you eat flax- and pumpkin seeds during your follicular phase to help promote estrogen, and you eat sesame- and sunflower seeds during your luteal phase to promote progesterone. For more on seed-cycling, I recommend reading this article by Dr. Jolene Brighten.
As I am currently in my luteal phase, these bites are loaded up with tahini or sesame paste which contains zinc—a mineral that helps promote progesterone in the body. I also added dates and oats, which will help slow down digestion and keep blood sugar stable, and cacao powder, which is high in magnesium, and helps to alleviate cramps and boost mood!
Makes about 12-15 bites
3/4 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup tahini
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
Pink salt, for sprinkling
1. Soak dates in warm water.
2. In a food processor, pulse together oatmeal and cacao powder until oatmeal turns into flour. Add mixture into a bowl.
3. Drain the dates and add to the food processor—no need to clean!.
4. Add the tahini, coconut oil and maple syrup into the food processor and blend into a paste.
5. Mix the paste into the flour mixture until combined.
6. Form dough into small bites. Place in freezer for at least 15 minutes.
7. Prepare the chocolate drizzle.
8. In a small bowl, add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips. Melt until combined— I used the microwave for 25 seconds.
9. Pull bites out of the freezer and drizzle with chocolate sauce. Sprinkle with sea salt.
10. Store in a container in the freezer.